National German-American Day is a historical holiday held in the United States on October 6 every year. It is dedicated to the first German immigrants who arrived in America and had a huge impact on the culture and development of the country. We are sure that many do not even imagine these scales! The purpose of the holiday is to refresh the history of the Germans.
In 1608, there were a small number of Germans among the residents of Jamestown. A large flood happened in 1670, moving to New York and Pennsylvania (many American Germans still live here). The second significant stage is before the First World War. Immigrants came here to recover from revolutions and seek religious and political freedom.
During the Civil War, many Germans fought in the allied forces. It was during these years that many traditions were formed that Americans follow to this day. For example, the custom of buying a Christmas tree for the New Year, cooking hamburgers, sending a child to kindergarten …
Until 1970, the sentiments of part of the population were anti-German, but soon everything fell into place. The cultures of the peoples are closely intertwined – this fact will not be changed by any force. Americans born in Germany (do not be surprised by this phrase) make up more than 44 million people. National Day was founded by Congress in 1987.
It is curious that:
- Donald Trump’s paternal grandparents were immigrants from Germany;
- hot dog and hamburger – german fast food. He is firmly based in the States;
- the three dominant breweries in the country have German roots;
- only 5% of people of German origin speak their native language.
How to celebrate
Go to a restaurant and try popular German dishes – Weisswurst white sausages, beef rolls, maultaschen, labskaus … Or cook them yourself by learning the right recipe! Learn more about historical moments and share with loved ones.
When is National German American Day in 2022?
National German American Day is observed on October 6 each year.